Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 a bunny rabbit, one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics mascots is seen
In this photo provided by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 a bunny rabbit, one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics mascots is seen. At the end of a two-hour national television broadcast to choose the mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, organizing committee head Dmitry Chernyshenko announced that not one but three cartoon competitors would be the faces of the games - a rad, snowboarding snow leopard, a squeaky-voiced figure-skating bunny rabbit and an earnest, slightly dorky polar bear. (AP Photo/Sochi 2014 Organising Committee)
Twice the fun
The Sochi (Russia) 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee on Saturday unveiled the mascots for their Games, which will be held in three years. Among the mascots is this pair of extraterrestrials, the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics mascots. One is from a planet where it's always sunny and the other from an orb of perpetual winter (Sochi is a southern Black Sea resort town that actually only sees snow on its surrounding mountains). The final mascots were chosen by public vote from a list on nine entries.
One of three animal mascots selected by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee is a snow leopard, which received the highest percentage of votes — 28 percent.
This polar bear will be the most appropriately dressed of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics animal mascots.
Rather than hopping, this Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics mascot gets around on ice skates.